Russian President Vladimir Putin has landed in Beijing for the Silk Road summit. The Kremlin chief arrived at the capital's airport on Tuesday morning, Chinese state television reported. Putin will also meet China's head of state and party leader Xi Jinping as part of the international summit on the Chinese investment and infrastructure project "New Silk Road". China is an important partner of Russia and has so far supported the country in its war of aggression against Ukraine by positioning itself as neutral to the outside world.
Putin is now traveling abroad again after the International Criminal Court issued an international arrest warrant against him in March. However, he is not threatened with arrest in Beijing. China has never acceded to the so-called Rome Statute of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands and can therefore ignore the arrest warrant.
Representatives from more than 140 countries are expected at the Silk Road Summit. Like many countries in Africa, South America and Central and Southeast Asia, Russia is part of the initiative. For example, China is implementing infrastructure projects in these countries. Germany is not a member of the Silk Road.